Posted in music | tour dates on April 2, 2009

The Strokes
Bob Dylan

Rolling Stone Magazine's The Smoking Section Presents: DYLAN FEST 2009!
A night to get drunk and celebrate Bob Dylan's greatest hits!

Featuring...
Hymns
Adam Green
Grant Maxwell - The Morning Pages
Jody Porter - Fountains Of Wayne
The Pierces
Matt Romano - Little Joy / Albert Hammond Jr. Band
Russell Simins - Jon Spencer Blues Explosion / Men Without Pants
Fab Moretti - The Strokes / Little Joy
Nikolai Fraiture - The Strokes / Nickel Eye
Sammy James Jr. - Mooney Suzuki
The Teenage Prayers
AND MANY MORE TO COME!!

Nikolai and Fab will be there, and a member of Albert Hammond's band. That's a lot of Strokes-related action at Mercury Lounge on May 21st. $10.00 tickets go on sale at noon. Many of the same artists did this last year at Rehab (RIP).

In related news,

For the first time in ages, the Strokes are back in New York, hard at work on album number four in their midtown studio. "We have three songs," Julian Casablancas tells the S.S., three weeks into the sessions. "I would say it's going great. We have a lot of work to do, though."

It's been more than three years since First Impressions of Earth, and what's helping the process is good vibes and honesty. "It feels like we're new," says Casablancas. "We didn't used to be honest -- there would always be minifeuds over stupid shit. Now, if Nick [Valensi] and Fab [Moretti] or anyone are saying they like it fast or slow, we'll talk about it, as opposed to saying, 'Well, I never liked you sister.'"

Casablancas says that they've resisted jamming on old tunes; instead they're forging ahead. "Some of the new stuff has a Seventies vibe, like Thin Lizzy or Elvis Costello," he says. "But then some of it is bizarre music from the future that we're trying to tone down to sound catchy. So we're trapped between the future and the Seventies." [Rolling Stone]

Elvis Costello has a new album coming out much sooner. So does Bob Dylan.

Bill Flanagan interviewed Bob Dylan about the new album for a feature on BobDylan.com. Check it out.

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Comments (30)

3 years huh? I don't think anyone really noticed or cared.

I always thought they were way over hyped....one of those passable acts that you are ambivalent to. Albert Hammond should just stay solo if you ask me.

Posted by Raj Bajaj | April 2, 2009 12:27 PM

>>>"Elvis Costello has a new album coming out much sooner. So does Bob Dylan."


Best sentences in the post! Ha!

Posted by Dfactor (@dfactor) | April 2, 2009 12:39 PM

stupido!

Posted by mopo | April 2, 2009 12:42 PM

If anything, I'd say The Strokes are in danger of being underrated these days, at least by music bloggers.

Is This It is a perfect album. Room on Fire is always better than I remember it being. FIOE is the weakest, but there are still a few tunes on it.

Plus, Albert solo and Little Joy both have their moments. I'm curious to see what they come up with.

Posted by Katie Camosy | April 2, 2009 12:46 PM

is yaps on the bill?

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2009 1:01 PM

is this it = perfect album.

seconded.

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2009 1:32 PM

The Strokes = the greatest band in the history of rock n roll music.

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2009 1:37 PM

anyone else kinda tired of bob dylan tributes?

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2009 1:38 PM

Julian is just so fucking awesome

I never liked you sister

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2009 1:56 PM

Bob Dylan should be playing at a Strokes tribute.

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2009 2:24 PM

Something about the Strokes just makes me hate them. I can't explain it.

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2009 2:28 PM

Is This It? = Perfect album

Thirded

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2009 2:28 PM

Obvs they don't have the momentum they once had but those Hammerstein shows a couple of years ago were amazing.

Room on Fire and FIOE were a little patchy but, after 3 albums, The Strokes have a very impressive songbook. You string those songs together on a setlist with a focused band and it's BAM!!! BIFF!!! POW!!!! of good times.

Posted by Chris | April 2, 2009 2:48 PM

room on fire=perfect album!

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2009 3:03 PM

Will The Strokes ever cover "It never rains in Southern California"?

Posted by donn | April 2, 2009 3:20 PM

The side projects have been fun/ok but I'm def ready for an official Strokes record. And yes, "Is This It?" is a perfect album.

Posted by BTW | April 2, 2009 3:23 PM

i may be biased because the strokes were the first band i really got into, but i absolutely love is this it and room on fire to death. first impressions of earth was obviously not very good though (like everyone said, a few good songs on it). and hey, i've noticed the 3 year gap!

by the way, i understand the hate. they dont seem like very nice guys and are often cocky. also, touring with SHIT like kings of leon doesnt help either.

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2009 3:32 PM

>>"Some of the new stuff has a Seventies vibe, like Thin Lizzy or Elvis Costello"

$1000.00 says that douche could not name 3 Thin Lizzy songs.

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2009 4:27 PM

"But then some of it is bizarre music from the future that we're trying to tone down to sound catchy."

weak.

Posted by scott | April 2, 2009 4:58 PM

Is This It = greatest album of all time.

*fourthded.

Posted by Hanan | April 2, 2009 5:48 PM

first impressions of earth = perfect album.

but in all seriousness, is this it = damn near perfection. the shows they did @ hammerstein in support of fioe were phenomenal too - they were all in top form. if i had the choice, i'd rather them tour again than release a new album. i for one am jumping on tickets if and when they announce anything.

Posted by jason | April 2, 2009 6:11 PM

I missed them on that last tour, so the only shows of theirs I've seen were back when they (well, Julian) didn't seem to like playing live very much.

What size venues did were did they play when supporting FIOE?

Posted by Katie Camosy | April 2, 2009 6:37 PM

One of the best bands of the last 10 years.
I think FIOE is better than anything INTERPOL ever did.
Is This It is a perfect record. Room on Fire is fucking awesome. I love how so many people can hate on them.

But I guess when you are the tops, you got a bunch of people on the bottom trying to bring you down.

LONG LIVE THE MOTHERFUCKIN STROKES!

Posted by Seriously | April 2, 2009 6:47 PM

FIOE is vastly underrated. Is This It captures a moment, and is great, yes; Room on Fire took heat for non-music reasons, is great and purposely overlooked.

FIOE is their perfect record; it is a whole, unlike the other two, in the sense that it plays with themes, images, and ideas throughout the album, ones that recur and echo. It's just more sophisticated and better put together as an ALBUM than the other two. Not to mention, each song stands on its own two feet (which I'd say the same for the songs from their first two albums).

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2009 7:35 PM

come on guis... april fool's was yesterday

Posted by c | April 2, 2009 7:45 PM

Yes, April serious is today.

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2009 7:56 PM

Has anyone even heard Nickel Eye's album? That is some really great stuff. This is the best Stroke's side project yet.

Posted by pants | April 3, 2009 5:15 AM

little joy is fucking awesome too.
even albert's solo work is fun, but i think fab nails it.

Posted by Anonymous | April 3, 2009 2:09 PM

Room on Fire is easily as good as Is This It but less played out. Julian = pop genius.

the production on FIOE is crap though. why the hell are julians vocals so far out in front? it sounds like shitty overproduced pop. it doesn't have the dirty garage sound of the first two albums at all.

Posted by Anonymous | April 4, 2009 7:59 PM

Room on Fire is easily as good as Is This It but less played out. Julian = pop genius.

the production on FIOE is crap though. why the hell are julians vocals so far out in front? it sounds like shitty overproduced pop. it doesn't have the dirty garage sound of the first two albums at all.

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